Where there's a chill, there's a way葉o control food portions, that

is. Freezing foods in portion-controlled servings can help put the

brakes on overeating. It's also an easy way to have the right amount

of ingredients at your fingertips when you're cooking.

Here are essential tips for using your freezer to its full portion-

control potential.

Meat, Poultry and Fish

Remove items from their original wrappings. Wrap each piece (about 4

oz) in plastic wrap (or aluminum foil) and place two to four wrapped

pieces in a large freezer bag; label and date it with a permanent

marker. Press out the air, seal the bag and freeze it in a single

layer. (Once frozen, you can fold bags over for easy stacking.) Or

forget the plastic bags and try Gladョ Press'n Seal Freezerョ Wrap.

Place your food on a sheet of the wrap; fold over the wrap and press

along the edges to make a tight seal. (You can freeze burgers and

extra tortillas like this, too.)

Sauces and Spreads

Make a light version of a pesto or creamy tomato sauce and spoon the

sauce into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop out the cubes into a

sealable freezer bag or other airtight container (make sure to label

and date the items). When you're ready to cook, defrost only as many

cubes as you need.

Bagels, Bread and Muffins

Wrap each serving (two slices of light bread, a pre-sliced mini bagel

or two mini muffins, for example) in plastic wrap and place them in

freezer bags. Defrost only as much as you need; the items can go

straight from freezer to toaster.

Soups, Chilies and Stews

Make a big pot of soup, chili or stew and freeze it in quart-size

freezer bags. (Only fill the bags halfway and squeeze out any excess

air.) When ready to eat, submerge a frozen bag in a pot of gently

boiling water for a few minutes曜ust like boil-in-the-bag rice.

Homemade Frozen Dinners

Store leftovers in single-serve portions or cook in large batches

with the intention of freezing extras. Store them in airtight, single-

serve containers and enjoy them on too-busy-to-cook nights or as take-

to-work lunches. Tupperware'sョ Meal Solutions To Go Pack is perfect

for the office. You get an insulated carrier case with four small

storage containers that can go from freezer to microwave to


Cookie Dough

Divide your dough into individual balls and place them on a cookie

sheet lined with parchment or wax paper or a silicone baking mat. Pop

the whole tray in the freezer and once frozen, place the balls in an

airtight container or tightly-sealed freezer bag. Remove and bake

only as many as cookies as you need (there's no need to defrost the

dough first).

Kelly in IL